Admins: ebrary MARC records: RDA cataloging standards

Pursuant to the Library of Congress implementation of RDA cataloging standards March 31, 2013 and per our communication earlier in March, we remind you that beginning October 24, 2013, ProQuest ebrary started to provide RDA records for newly added titles.

It is important to note that there will be a mix of formats: RDA for newly loaded titles and AACR2 for MARCs loaded before October 2013.

We have taken the opportunity of this change to follow the Program for Cooperative Cataloging’s Provider-Neutral (PN) guidelines, which can be found here.

Highlighted below is a list of key fields are affected by the change to RDA/PN  to help you prepare for this change.

Further below is a link to a file of sample ebrary RDA/PN records you can use to conduct a test load.

If you have any questions about this change and how it impacts you, the ProQuest ebrary team at will be happy to assist you.

Tag Note/Example
000/18 Leader byte  18 set to ‘i’ for ISBD punctuation
010 LCCN for the print version moved from 010 to 776 $w
020 Each eISBN will be recorded in a separate 020 $a and pISBNs will be recorded in 020 $z and repeated in 776 $z
040 $erda  and $epn added, for example, $aCaPaEBR$beng$erda$epn$cCaPaEBR
1xx & 7xx $e for relator term added, when available
245$h Replaced by 336/337/338
260 Replaced by 264 with second indicator 1 used for place, name, and date of publication
264 For example, 264  \1 $aAmsterdam :$bJohn Benjamins Publishing Company,$c[2013]
300 Describes the ebook, for example: 

300 $a1 online resource (130 pages) :$billustrations

336 336  $atext$2rdacontent
337 337  $acomputer$2rdamedia
338 338  $aonline resource$2rdacarrier
533 Replaced by 590
588 Describes the source of description, for example: 

588 $a Description based on print version record.

588 $a Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (ebrary, viewed May 26, 2013).

590 590   $aElectronic reproduction. Palo Alto, Calif. : ebrary, 2013. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ebrary affiliated libraries.
655 655  0$aElectronic books.
710 710   ebrary, Inc.  replaced by 797
776 Print version described in 776
797 797 2\ $aebrary.


Here’s another way of viewing the changes (click to enlarge)


Here is a sample set of RDA records (.mrc file) and their equivalent in AACR2 format.


Useful RDA resources: